Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) unveiled UltraSteer, the “RV industry’s first line of fully integrated and precision-tuned tag axles,” at an event during the National RV Trade Show that opened today (Dec. 2) and runs through Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, Ultrasteer is designed for premium RVs, compatible with both disc and drum brakes and offers luxury OEMs I-Series and B-Series configurations to provide optimum flexibility with coach floorplans.
“With UltraSteer, premium manufacturers now have a clear choice for the best premium chassis on the market,” said Tony Sippel, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. “UltraSteer provides full control and precise maneuvering in all conditions – as well as increased safety, the elimination of tire wear and lower maintenance. It is the new foundation of the driving experience luxury OEMs want to provide their customers.”
With UltraSteer, the wheels on the tag axle follow the ideal turning path of the front suspension, with forward-mounted tie rods enabling the inside wheel to have optimal turning range. The result is a 17 percent reduction in the curb-to-curb turning radius – a 140% advantage over typical steer tag axles – as well as a 20 percent tighter turning angle than the nearest competitor. In addition, UltraSteer’s outboard-mounted shocks are more reactive to roll input, greatly enhancing ride and handling, and its wide-track suspension arms provide increased lateral stiffness, also improving handling and safety in sudden maneuvers.
“UltraSteer is the latest example of how we work to consistently deliver a better driving experience to manufacturers and RV drivers,” added Gordie Taylor, RV product manager for FCCC. “Backed by the engineering excellence and innovation of the Daimler family, UltraSteer shows how we at FCCC keep our OEMs a step above the competition.”
UltraSteer will be available initially on select FCCC chassis beginning in early 2015.